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Socially distant things to do

We all have to get back to normal life. It's good for our psyche. But with COVID-19 cases surging in several states, we need to be careful.

There was a report in a recent Cosmopolitan of spring breakers going to Cabo and returning to Austin, which soon became a coronavirus hotspot. There was an outbreak at the weekend party at the Torch Lake sandbar, and Florida saw its highest single day rise in cases but still opened Walt Disney World. Teachers, parents and students face a stressful time ahead as districts grapple with how to open schools safely.

It's easy for us to say that this is no big deal, that the flu actually causes more cases and more deaths than the Coronavirus. But according to a recent report out of the New England Journal of Medicine and written about in the Washington Post, COVID-19 is much worse than the flu.

The problem lies when people aren't taking it seriously. We need to be cautious. We need to wear masks, even if it makes us feel uncomfortable. This isn't about you. It's about the person next to you who you could spread it to. This isn't about your want to be surrounded by a hundred people. This is about the need to contain a problem for the health of society.

This wouldn't be the only time in history where people haven't placed their trust in science. Galileo was placed on house arrest because his research stood in contrast to the Catholic Church's claim that the Earth and Sun are not at the center of the universe. He said that the Earth revolves around the Sun. He was found "vehemently suspect of heresy" for these heliocentric views.

Several concerts, fairs, events and the like have been canceled this summer but somehow people still find a way to congregate in large numbers and risk spreading the virus. There are a number of safe things to do that will help us get through these times. I've compiled a list of fifty socially safe things below for some ideas. This isn't to say that we shouldn't still go out to eat or have a party. We can and should, but we shouldn't be having these COVID-19 parties that are like these raves, and we just need to be aware that this thing is making a comeback at a time when school is returning. Please be cautious. I hope you find this list helpful.

1) Have a picnic

2) Go to the park

3) Hike a nature trail

4) Play with sidewalk chalk

5) Fly a kite

6) Play a game of catch

7) Play a game of Horse or one on one - not a full basketball game though

8) Birdwatch

9) Go geocaching

10) Read

11) Write

12) Play a musical instrument

13) Learn a language

14) Play video games

15) Build something

16) Garden

17) Swim/dive/snorkel

18) Go for a drive

19) Start a blog

20) Go to a drive-in movie

21) Rollerblade

22) Bike

23) Run/jog

24) Golf

25) Fish

26) Take an online class

27) Kayak/canoe

28) Jetski

29) Rock climb

30) Visit state parks

31) Work on a puzzle

32) Paint

33) Create an Arts and Crafts project

34) Wash/detail your car

35 )Do yoga

36) Cook something new

37) Set up a scavenger hunt

38) Create a family tree

39) Learn magic

40) Listen to new music

41) Play bags

42) Have a socially distant campfire

43) Grill

44) Watch a movie/TV show

45 )Play a board game

46) Build Lego

47) Play pool

48) Go to the gun range

49) Play paintball (with limited amount of people)

50) Play tennis or racquetball

These are just some ideas. I'm sure you can think of many more. See this time as a time to get back to the basics in life. This won't last forever. But if we stay positive it won't be the worst time in the world.

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